Professor Stephen Hawking to open nasen Live 2017


World renowned physicist, Professor Stephen Hawking CBE, is to open nasen’s annual conference nasen Live 2017 via video link.

nasen is the UK’s leading organisation promoting the advancement of individuals with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). nasen Live 2017 will formally launch the organisation’s upcoming dual and multiple exceptionality (DME) campaign.

In addition to his work in theoretical physics, Professor Hawking is a cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge. Widely considered to be one of the world’s greatest living scientists, Professor Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of motor neurone disease, shortly after his 21st birthday.

His experiences make him uniquely qualified to discuss DME — a term used to indicate a person who has high learning potential alongside a special educational need or disability.

Dr Adam Boddison, Chief Executive of nasen, said:

Celebrating the exceptional talents of children and young people is a passion of nasen’s, and we are proud to have the support of Professor Hawking for such a crucial campaign. Too many DME children are not able to reach their full potential because either their needs mask their high learning potential or their high learning means their needs are not adequately met. This DME campaign will bring together research and classroom practice so that teachers feel more confident in identifying and meeting the needs of this group of children and young people.

nasen Live is taking place on Friday 7 July 2017 at the Birmingham ICC. The event provides SENCOs, school leaders, teachers and other education professionals with a unique platform to celebrate outstanding practice and provision for children and young people with SEND.

Visitors to the event will have the chance to network and explore the latest developments in the SEND and education sector and will also be able to update their knowledge and learn from evidence-based practice.

There will be several seminars and keynotes during the event, delivered by key figures in the sector. Guest speakers include Dr Adam Boddison, Chief Executive of nasen; Lesley Cox HMI, National Lead at Ofsted for Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities; Professor Barry Carpenter, CBE, OBE, PHD; Dr Rona Tutt OBE, who was awarded an OBE for her services to special needs education; Stuart Miller, Deputy Director at the Department for Education; and Kate Browning, a former SENCo and local authority school improvement officer for SEND.

For further details and to reserve your place at the event visit the nasen Live website.


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